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Seg. 1: COVID-19's Frontline Fighters | Seg. 2: Dividing Household Chores

Engin Akyur
Health care workers across Missouri have been hearing mixed messages from their employers with regard to appropriate personal protective gear, said Heidi Lucas, of the Missouri Nurses Association.

Segment 1: Health care workers continue to work in unsafe environments.

A lack of protective gear and the silent nature of COVID-19 are just two new concerns piled on top of existing ones Kansas City health care providers deal with during the pandemic. Many are already coming to terms with the idea they will likely contract the virus.

Segment 2, beginning at 35:45: Getting house work done while working from home

Has the work-from-home nature of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic changed the division of labor when it comes to household chores or child care? We explored the implications of such a shift, and whether they stand to persist after work-arrangements return to normal.

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Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.